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Fortinet upgrades, extends next-generation firewall

FortinetBANGALORE: Fortinet from its barrio today announced a significant update to the company’s FortiOS network security operating system, along with novel releases aimed at integrated reporting, advanced threat protection (APT) and strong authentication.

These new – fangled releases demonstrate Fortinet’s vision of extending the next-generation firewall (NGFW) to be able to address the challenges facing today’s enterprises including increasingly complex cyber threats. As a result, Fortinet’s FortiGate appliances, which routinely deliver five times faster performance than competitive offerings, will afford even greater performance and more security.

FortiOS 5 is the operating system foundation for the FortiGate platform and offers a comprehensive range of world class security capabilities and configuration options. FortiOS 5 now delivers:

  • Significantly faster SSL inspection
  • Richer reporting with even more out-of-the-box reports and drill down capability from FortiAnalyzer
  • Tighter integration with FortiAuthenticator and FortiSandbox for seamless Strong Authentication and Advanced Threat Protection

“Enterprises today are clamoring for improved network visibility that includes deeper packet inspection and granular control over network access, traffic, content and use, and they want it without introducing bottlenecks into the real-world traffic flow,” alleged Rajesh Maurya, country manager, India & SAARC for Fortinet.

Now, the company released a FortiAnalyzer 5 update and declared about the upcoming FortiAnalyzer-3500E. Software enhancements comprise a wider selection of prebuilt reports and greater drilldown capabilities for better visibility into network behaviour and tighter integration with the company’s FortiGate platform.

In addition, the new FortiAnalyzer-3500E will feature 24 TB (upgradable to 48 TB) of storage to meet the necessities of high volume enterprises.

The company from its quarter also announced the enterprise-grade FortiAuthenticator-1000D, which offers multiple methods of authentication, including hardware, software, email and SMS tokens to assist enterprises move to a stronger, user-based authentication model in an increasingly BYOD world. The fresh appliance supports up to 10,000 users and integrates seamlessly with FortiGate appliances.

Today’s threat landscape takes account of increasingly sophisticated, highly targeted attacks (or advanced persistent threats) designed specifically to breach an individual or small set of organizations. Use of traditional FortiGate NGFW technologies-firewall segmentation, IPS and antimalware strong in proactive detection, malicious application and Website filtering, Command and Control blocking, SSL Inspection and more-have a role to play in hardening defenses.

Nevertheless, at some point a really determined attacker is likely to get through, and even a single compromise can be costly. Many organizations are looking at advanced or specialty threat detection solutions, together with sandboxing, to complement traditional defenses and speed identification and response.

To help Fortinet clienteles meet this challenge, Fortinet has announced the new FortiSandbox-1000D. Its unique dual-level sandbox along with proactive pre-filtering, dynamic threat intelligence and rich reporting are effective in detecting highly targeted attacks.

And its consolidated approach to covering all protocols and functions in one appliance together with its ability to array stand-alone or as an integrated extension of FortiGate and FortiMail appliances, lessen cost and complexity.

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